Imagine a life without worry! As impossible as this may seem God intended a better life than a life of worrying about our children, bills, health, etc. The apostle Paul tells us exactly how to handle worry in Philippians 4: 6-9. I know we have heard these passages over and over, but have we made them part of our day-to-day lives?
“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. 7And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 8For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. 9Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.”
I put in bold the words I want us to really focus on: We are not to worry about anything! What? Yes! Worry is not something God wants us to do, however we are always worrying about something are we not? So from today on each time we begin to have worry creep up into our minds we must replace that worry thought with prayer. As we are praying we are to let God know what our desire is for this circumstance we are in. “God help me” is not specific enough! Notice we are to make definite requests. Tell Him verse 6 says what we need! And while we are making our requests known we are to make sure we are thinking back on how many times God has come through for us in the past. We must spend some time setting our thoughts on things God has ALREADY done for us and thank Him for those things. We are to read in the Bible how many times a situation seemed impossible and God showed up and showed out! My friend He knows your name and loves you very much, I believe He led you here today to read this just so you can be reminded of that! He wants the best for you, He wants to work this out for you, but He wants you to ask Him.
In verse 8 Paul tells us what we are to think about. We all have thoughts come into our minds but whether they get to stay and hang out is up to us! We are to give our minds a purposeful thought. This verse tells us our thoughts need to be set on things that are true, honorable, pure, lovely, of good report. Not things of worry, doubt, confusion, or anxiety. When we have the former thoughts; those are not pleasing thoughts to God. We must drive out those invading thoughts and replace them and think on purpose the thoughts God wants us to think on. By replaying in our minds past victories God has given us – and standing on His Word and declaring “My God shall supply ALL my need!” This is a great way to get our minds off of our problems and get them on God and His promises to us. Remember if God said it in His Word He will do it no matter how much time has passed!
Look at Daniel 9:23 and what the angel of God said to Daniel about the fact he was praying “The moment you began praying, a command was given.” Now look at Isaiah 65:24 “I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” God doesn’t have to check his Facebook inbox or text messages to see when we send up a prayer to Him. He hears immediately and He immediately answers, however those prayers are not always revealed for us in the natural for many different reasons. But take comfort in knowing God hears us and answers us immediately and now it is our responsibility to trust Him and His Word and wait for the manifestation of the answer! Notice verse 9 tells us we are to practice what we have learned! We can only change our worry but acting on what the Word tells us to do instead!
God has blessings stored up but they are released when we pray and ask Him – so stop worrying and start asking!